Boat Accidents


Hot Texas summer nights make boating a common pastime for many, which means the lakes and rivers will be full of people. Unfortunately, every year thousands of people are injured and hundreds are killed in serious, but preventable, boating accidents. Boating accidents can take place on a privately-owned boat, a cruise ship, a jet ski, a ferry, or any other type of watercraft. In the United States, there are about 12 million registered recreational boats on the water. In 2015, there were 4,158 accidents involving registered boats, which resulted in 626 deaths, and 2,613 serious injuries.

76 percent of people who die in boating accidents are victims of drowning, and 85 percent of those who died in a boating accident in 2015 were not wearing life jackets. While there are federal, state, and international maritime laws in place to prevent boating accidents, they still occur at an alarming rate.

Common Types of Boating Accidents

Most boating accidents are preventable, and are often caused by driver intoxication or negligence. Some of the most common boating accident claims handled by Shamieh Law include:

  • Negligence
  • Hitting a big wave or wake at an excessive speed
  • Failure to pay attention to the weather
  • Contact with propellers
  • Failing to carry safety equipment on board
  • Collisions with other boats
  • Failing to adhere to the rules of the water, as set in place by the FFWCC
  • Overcrowding
  • Boating under the influence of drugs or alcohol

The attorneys at Shamieh Law have extensive experience representing victims of boating accidents in and around Dallas. They have the capabilities to build a successful claim that will ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. Although boat accident litigation is quite complex and can take time to be resolved, the attorneys at Shamieh Law have years of experience handling these claims and are prepared to do the same for you today.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a boating accident in Texas or Louisiana, please contact Shamieh Law today for a free consultation. You will not be charged a penny unless your case is won. Boating accidents often result in devastating injuries and fatalities, and you should be awarded compensation for any damages incurred.